A musical drama for the young-at-heart


MICHIANA SHORES — A search for lost treasure leads to a battle with a witch and her alligator minions.

It's all part of Dunes Summer Theatre's latest Theatre-for-Young Audiences production, "Hansel and Gretel Meet the Swamp Witch." This adaptation of the classic tale — written by Mark A. Pence with music and lyrics by Julie Shannon — runs Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10, with performances at 11 a.m.

Cast members include Emma Gordon (Long Beach) as Gretel, Jordan Robey (Chicago) as Hansel, Amber Zangari (Dyer) as Mrs. Stern/Swamp Witch, Jace McCloy (Lansing, Michigan) as the Pirate/Alligator, Alex Voeller (Dyer) as Pirate/Alligator, Joshua Kime (Griffin) as Pa and Emily Carlson (Hammond) as Ma.

Tito Sanchez of Valparaiso directs.

This twist on a fairy-tale favorite follows Hansel Jo and Gretel Lou as they journey into the Louisiana Bayou in search of a legendary long-lost pirate treasure. But danger lurks deep in the Everglades where Badweena the Swamp Witch and her alligator henchmen live and have a certain hunger for treasure hunters.

Ticket prices are $5 children, $10 adults.

For more information, visit www.dunesartsfoundation.org or call the Box/Admin Office at 219-879-7509.

Also, on Friday at 7 p.m., Dunes Summer Theatre welcomes Nashville-based Singer/Songwriter Andrew Salgado to the stage. Salgado has performed with Carrie Underwood and co-written songs for Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Clint Black, Brian Wilson, Kacey Musgraves and others. In 2019, his song "Back Home" was in the feature film "Heavens to Betsy 2." Salgado is also showcased on the nationally-aired PBS special "Songs at the Center."

Tickets are $20.

Dunes Summer Theatre is operated by the Dunes Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Founded in 1951, it is celebrating its 68th season of continuous operation. 

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